Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Nail Strengthening Routine and Review

By the time the Holidays were over my nails and cuticles were shot. Between house cleaning,wrapping,packing and traveling they just looked and felt horrid.
So,when we were back in town I knew some serious t.l.c was needed. I also knew this would be perfect for a blog post to see if in 3 weeks my new routine works.
I am very happy to report that my nails are in very good shape! So, lets get to the products and review.

I tried to apply Hard as Hoofs 3 times a day. To help me remember,I did so right after washing my hands when I used the bathroom. I also pushed back my cuticles at the same time. I kept the cuticle pusher and cream near the sink in eye sight.
I applied the Orly Nailtrition every 3 days. Or whenever I felt I needed a fresh coat.

Lets start with Hard as Hoofs.
I purchased mine at Walgreens for around $4.
It is also sold at Walmart and Amazon.

There is a slight perfume smell to the cream. But I love that the smell doesn't linger. The consistency is close to room temperature butter. It is in no way greasy like butter though. Your nails and fingers soak up the cream nicely. Within 5 minutes, it leaves your nails and fingers smooth and soft.

Purified Water, Aloe Vera Concentrate, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Bees Wax, Hydrolyxed Protein, Calcium Pantothenate, Allantoin, Liposomes, Vitamins A, C, D & E, Dl-Panthenol, Natural Fragrance, Methyl Paraben, Probyl Paraben

Massage Into Nail Beds, Cuticles, and Undersides of Nails 3 Times Per Day Or As Often As Necessary. May Be Use Over Nail Polish. Hoof Hands Tip: For Even Better Results Use With Hoof Horsetail Hardener For Extreme Strengthening Power.

Orly Nailtrition.
Purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for around $10. 
Very easy to apply. Drys within 2 minutes. And leaves your nail looking like you just had a manicure. 
If your like me and have extremely thin nails, you will notice the difference right away. The nail isn't as flexible.
Nailtrition Strengthening and Growth Treatment helps stimulate faster nail growth and strengthens peeling and splitting nails. Nails grow longer and stronger. It's great for rebuilding nails after acrylics and for nails that just won't grow.
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propyl Acetate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, n-Butyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Benzophenone-1, Stearalkonium Bentonite, CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Citric Acid, Dimethicone, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Water (Aqua), Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Saccharomyces/Calcium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Iron Ferment, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, CI 15850 (Red 7).
My before and after shots.

Aside from normal discoloring from my nail art, They look and feel so much better.
My index finger never grows this long! 

I am positive my nails will break. That's the way it goes. But, I can now grow them faster and healthier. Which will prevent them from chipping and breaking more often.


  1. Wow your nails are looking great, I will have to try out that hoof cream :)

    1. Yes, for the price it wont hurt to try it. Thanks Krystal!

  2. I too, am a big fan of Nailtrition - it totally helps revive my week nails. I also find if I Remember to put cuticle oil on before I go to bed my nails stay stronger.

  3. Oh yes! I will be trying this out!! Hoping it helps me like it does for you!!Thanks again for the recommendations!